Coffee spill triggers hijacking alert

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Don't underestimate the power of a spilled cup of coffee.

Transport Canada says a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted to Toronto this week after the pilot dumped a cup of coffee on the plane's communications equipment.

The spill triggered a series of emergency codes, including one for a hijacking.

Flight 940 was diverted to Pearson International Airport in Toronto where it landed safely on Monday night.

United Airlines says it is still investigating the incident.

The Boeing 777 had 255 passengers and crew aboard. United retrieved them from Toronto and took them back to Chicago where they were put on another plane to Frankfurt on Tuesday.

 

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